Sonja E. Klocke

Credentials: German

Position title: Professor

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Office Number: 844 Van Hise Hall

Language: German

Research/Language Interests: Literature and Film: twentieth to twenty-first century German literature and film with a specific focus on postwar and contemporary German literature and culture; literature and cinema of the Wende and unification; the legacy of the GDR and the Holocaust; women’s writing; minority literature; and transnational literature Cultural Studies: transnational studies, globalization, post-colonialism, memory theory, body concepts Gender and Sexuality Studies: feminist theory; queer theory.

About: Originally from Germany, Sonja Klocke received her Ph.D. at Indiana University – Bloomington in 2007, and taught at Knox College (IL) for five years before joining the Department of German in 2012. Her research and teaching interests range from the late eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, and she specializes in twentieth to twenty-first century German culture with a specific focus on postwar and contemporary German literature and film. This includes the legacy of the GDR and the Holocaust, women’s writing, minority literature, and transnational literature. Her monograph Inscription and Rebellion: Illness and the Symptomatic Body in East German Literature (Camden House 2015) appeared in paperback in 2019. A co-edited volume, Christa Wolf: A Companion (with Jennifer Hosek) was published with de Gruyter in 2018, a co-edited volume entitled Protest and Refusal: New Trends in German Literature since 1989 (with Hans Adler) appeared in the fall of the same year, and a co-edited special issue for Colloquia Germanica, New Perspectives on Young Adult GDR Literature and Film (with Ada Bieber) was published in 2019. Currently, Sonja is working on a two projects, one revolves around the portrayal of contemporary female terrorists as witches and as victims of modern witch-hunts, the other on fashion in the GDR. She is also proud to serve as co-editor of the quarterly Monatshefte (with Hannah Eldridge, since 2019), and as Director of the DAAD-sponsored Center for German and European Studies (CGES; since 2020).

Affiliated Departments: Gender and Women’s Studies, European Studies

• Indiana University, Bloomington, Ph.D. in Modern German Literature and Culture (2007); Minor: Gender Studies (2005)
• University of Arizona, Tucson, M.A. in German Studies (2003)
• Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main 1. Staatsexamen, Lehramt an Gymnasien: Deutsch und Englisch (= First State Exam for Teaching German and English in High School) (1997)
• Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, M.A. in American Studies, English Literature and German Literature (1994)